How to Get More Mileage Out Of Fresh Cut Flowers

On Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Have you ever received a gorgeous bouquet of fresh cut flowers, only to have them to die in a few days? Afterwards, you’ve probably found yourself wondering if there was anything you could have done to make them last just a longer. Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, continue reading because while freshly cut flowers don’t last forever, there are a few things that you can do to extend their expected lifespan and enjoy them for that much longer.


Preserving Fresh Cut Flowers – The Right Water Temperature

You may already have a good idea of what it feels like to drink water that is ice cold or to drink a beverage that is so hot that it burns your lips. Like you, flowers can also be affected by extreme water temperatures. However, what is different is that they have fewer options for protecting themselves, if it’s the wrong temperature. Here’s what you should keep in mind, when adding water to the vase – water straight out of the tap is usually considered an ideal temperature for keeping fresh cut flowers in, especially when mixed with the right dissolving plant food.

Maintaining Fresh Cut Flowers – Proper Water Conditions

When filling the vase, remember that some flowers can be real water guzzlers, so fill it about halfway but be sure that you don’t cover the leaves. Ideally, the water should have a pH of between 4 and 5 and should not have any added salt like the kind found in water softeners. If you’re not sure, use filtered water and add a little bit of Sprite.

Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh – Using Preservatives

This isn’t the same kind of preservatives that dietitians warn us about. These preservatives are meant to replace the nutrients that the flowers lose access to when they are cut from the main plant. Chrysal Flower Food is a well-known brand. However, you could also make your own flower preservatives by using your own recipe of lemon juice, a small (no more than 1/4 teaspoon per quart of water) amount of sugar, water and bleach – to prevent the growth of microbes.


Nurturing Freshly Cut Flowers – Proper Amount of Sunlight

How much sunlight should your flowers get? Some flowers like direct sunlight and some do best in partial shade. Be sure to ask your florist about this to avoid unintentionally giving your flowers the plant equivalent of sunburn.

Using Additional Additives on Fresh Cut Flowers

Should you add other additives? This a very important question because you don’t want to overdo it. A small amount of a citric soda, like Sprite, can increase the acidity of water slightly, if the pH is too high. On the other hand, copper is known for being a good fungicide, but it’s questionable whether adding a penny to your vase will help because the copper won’t dissolve. Still yet, vodka may help to delay wilting by slowing down the “ripening” of your flowers.

Your bouquet of fresh cut flowers need not die after only a few days of you receiving them. The floral provider will normally have done their job, as it relates to delivering the flowers and now it’s up to you to keep them looking as they did on ‘day one’. The good news is that if you follow the tips that we’ve just laid out, you should be able to enjoy them as a centerpiece for your dining table for many days to come.

About - Narendra is the editor of, a freelance writer, photographer, style blogger and PR strategist. He loves fashion and style and unashamedly expresses his interests.

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